The 6 Best Jeep Winches For The Money — JK, Wrangler Reviews 2019
If you are looking for Jeep Winches, then look no further, you have come to the right place. After carrying out in-depth reviews of five of the best Jeep Winches for the money. I wanted to highlight the best available in terms of value for money, features, safety, efficiency and build quality.
With the number of Jeep Winches currently available, I have decided to share my findings to help you simplify the process of choosing and buying the best Jeep Winch for your individual needs. Whether that is off-roading, farming or anything else that you fancy.
Table Of Contents
- 6 Best Jeep Winches For The Money 2019 Reviews
- 1. EAG 07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK Rock Crawler Off road Front Bumper with Winch Mounting Plate
- 2. Superwinch 1585202 LP8500 Winch Gen II 12 VDC 8500lbs/3856kg, steel hawse
- 3. Smittybilt 97495 XRC Winch - 9500 lb. Load Capacity
- 4. WARN 86255 VR10000 10,000 lb Winch
- 5. Warn 89120 ZEON 12 Winch with Wire Rope - 12000 lb. Capacity
- Things to Consider When Choosing the Jeep Winches
- Final Note
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25.8 x 10 x 13.8 Inch
26 x 18 x 8 Inch
6 Best Jeep Winches For The Money 2019 Reviews
1. EAG 07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK Rock Crawler Off road Front Bumper with Winch Mounting Plate
At the same thickness as bumpers costing double the money, this bumper looks the business and will really change the look of your jeep.
Once the EAG 07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK Rock Crawler Front Bumper has been fitted (assembly and fitment are stress-free). This up-rated heavy duty front bumper looks and feels suitably sturdy making it perfect for occasional off-road excursions.
The Front Bumper has a Winch Mounting plate to facilitate easy mounting (if required) of the correct rated winch to the bumper.
This Off-road Front Bumper with Winch Mounting Plate is manufactured from heavy duty 5/32" steel sheet & 2"x .120 wall steel tubing. The tubing is high quality black texture, powder coated for durability and corrosion protection.
The bumper winch location supports up to a maximum 12,000 lbs. winch. Fog light housings are OE size, while two tabs on the pre-runner hoop allow for fitment of extra lights. High strength D-ring mounts of 4.75-ton load baring capacity are welded both inside and outside (D-rings are included).
This Off-road Front Bumper with Winch Mounting Plate works very well with many different Winches. We found the Smittybilt 97495 XRC Winch was able to be mounted on to this bumper with the holes lining up perfectly, after the bumper was already installed. Normally the winch must be mounted to the bumper before the bumper is mounted on to the Jeep.
Pretty much every Jeep Winch will require a Winch Mounting Plate/Adapter bracket bought separately.
2. Superwinch 1585202 LP8500 Winch Gen II 12 VDC 8500lbs/3856kg, steel hawse
Here is an entry-level winch, aimed at those who may only need it occasionally. This second-generation winch has a rating of 8500 pounds for ‘line pull’ and supplies up to 94 feet of 5/16" steel wire rope with heavy-duty latched hook and rope thimble.
The winch also has mechanical load holding and braking. A 4.5 horsepower weather sealed motor drives the three-stage planetary gear chain, while a 15-foot hand-held waterproof rubber remote makes winching a safe and stress-free experience.
On the Superwinch, hawse fairleads are supported but are not supplied, which at this price point is fine (hawse fairleads are used in off-roading to guide the winch cable and remove lateral strain from the chain when winching).
All-in-all, the Superwinch 1585202 LP8500 Gen II Winch is a highly affordable, heavy-duty utility winch which can take a knock or two with no problems. If you’re on a budget, this is one of the best winches for Jeeps (Wranglers, JK and other models).
This winch works great for the weekend warrior looking for fun on muddy trails. Also; conveniently, it mounts on the same bolt pattern as most Warns and many other mainstream winches. In short, you won’t find a best Jeep winches for the money.
3. Smittybilt 97495 XRC Winch - 9500 lb. Load Capacity
Mounting the Smittybilt 97495 XRC Winch on to your bumper is relatively easy and should take under an hour or less.
The 6.6 horsepower completely water-sealed fully amphibious powerful electric motor and a 500-amp solenoid, coupled with a 3 Stage Planetary Gear System mean this bumper mounted winch provides reliable power and performance, with a very quick ‘pull-in’.
Generously at this price point, a roller fairlead is provided as standard (which saves you the money you would otherwise have to spend buying one, as is the case with most other Jeep winches).
The Smittybilt has a corded remote, making the (9500lbs load capacity) winching easier and safer, because it’s possible to get out of the way of the cable for better line of sight and for safety in case it snaps).
Smittybilt offers reliable and rugged, very impressive ‘bang-for-your-buck’ performance against the more established and much more expensive big-name brands, as well as a limited lifetime warranty and five-year guarantee (or 100,000 miles) on the electrics!
4. WARN 86255 VR10000 10,000 lb Winch
Warn certainly know how to build winches. With 10,000 pounds of ‘line-pulling’ power, the Warn 86255 VR10000 10,000 lb Winch is a powerful, middle-range winch, suitable for heavier vehicles, up to mid-sized SUV’s, or thereabouts.
The superbly waterproofed series wound 12v electric engine, 3-stage planetary gear train and free spooling clutch delivers a heavy-duty ‘line-pull’ rating of 10,000 pounds, with also a fast ‘pull- speed’.
The winch features a roller fairlead included (mounted in the middle) as standard; and Warn’s waterproof, convertible control pack, which can be attached to the winch or remotely mounted, allowing different winch mounting options and looks.
The 80 feet 3/8" diameter (24.38m, 9.5mm diam.) durable wire rope completes the package (however, for approximately $150 extra, the Warn Zeon 10-S Winch is available with 3/8" x 100' (9.5mm x 30.5m) Spydura synthetic rope, which is lighter, even stronger and wont kink, like cable).
The Warn 86255 VR10000 10,000 lb Winch fits easily (as is always the case) with a purchased ‘mounting plate’/ AEV Adapter bracket, or after-market bumper). This is a sturdy winch which looks great. Its coated in an attractive, black, high quality powder finish, with stainless steel fasteners and with aluminum lightweight drum design.
5. Warn 89120 ZEON 12 Winch with Wire Rope - 12000 lb. Capacity
The Warn 89120 ZEON 12 Winch with Wire Rope (12,000 lb. Capacity) offers top-of-the-line pulling performance. The superbly waterproofed (to the highest IP68 Standard) powerful series wound 12v DC electric motor and 3-stage planetary gear train with free spooling clutch delivers a heavy-duty ‘line-pull’ rating of 12,000 pounds; and with fast line speed.
This Winch uses an ultra 3/8 in. x 80 ft. (9.5mm x 24.38m) wire rope (again; for approximately $150 extra, the Zeon 12-S Winch is available with 3/8" x 100' (9.5mm x 30.5m) Spydura synthetic rope, which is lighter, even stronger and wont kink, like cable).
This ‘centered’ winch comes with a roller fairlead included (mounted in the middle) as standard, as well as a convertible remote winch control unit on a 3.7 meter lead.
This can be attached to various mounting options, either on the winch or remotely, for safe, practical and easy control while you are winching. To look at, this winch looks great. Its finished in an attractive, black, high quality powder coating, with stainless steel corrosion resistant fasteners and with aluminum lightweight winch drum design.
This Warn Zeon 12 Winch isn’t cheap, but you do get what you pay for; this is a very well-engineered, top performing, heavy-duty ‘line-pull’ winch. Perfect for repeated and reliable winching of heavy vehicles.
Things to Consider When Choosing the Jeep Winches
Remember; the first thing for you to consider when you are shopping for Jeep winches is will it fit? You will need a suitable AEV adapter bracket (sold separately) to use your chosen winch with your factory bumper, or alternatively, purchase an aftermarket bumper with a decently thick mounting plate built in.
Also, be aware, there may be other fitment issues when installing a particular winch on a certain Jeep, so always check with the manufacturers first for compatibility.
Next; look for the features you need and always go for build quality. Roller fairleads are very useful, as are remote convertible, winch controls for safety; and lightweight, synthetic, super strong kink free rope!
The next thing to consider when choosing the best Jeep Winch for your needs, is how heavy is your vehicle? By multiplying the GVWR* of your vehicle by 1.5, you will be able to calculate the minimum winch ‘pull-strength’ required for your vehicle.
For example, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV has a *GVWR of 5,000lbs. Therefore, the minimum ‘pull-strength’ winch to suit the Wrangler is 7,500lbs.
But, there is more; this is only the minimum pull-strength required; do not for a minute, think this will be enough to get your Jeep out of trouble on a steep hill. It’s safe to say, if you want your winch to be able to operate reliably and in a sturdy fashion, on steep inclines, without overload or circuit breaker activation, then your chosen winch should have a ‘pull-strength’ far greater than one and a half times the Gross Vehicle Weigh.
Rating of your vehicle. Basically, it quickly becomes a matter of how much power you can afford (or can do without). Don’t expect to be using an under-powered winch to heroic effect! Therefore, all the winches reviewed here would be suitable for your Wrangler, but moving below 9,500 pounds would probably reduce the usefulness and efficiency of your chosen winch.
(*GVWR = Gross vehicle weight rating, which is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle, specified by the manufacturer; including the vehicle’s body, chassis, fuel, engine fluids, accessories, driver, passengers & with cargo, but excluding the weight of trailers)
Another thing to consider is how much use is your winch likely to get? Are you an avid off-roader and explorer, or is the winch something you hope never to have to use? Obviously, you will want a powerful winch if you take your off-roading seriously; but equally, even if you never plan to have to use it, do you really want to skimp on something which could get you out of deep trouble in some future unforeseen emergency?
It’s worth remembering that when you drive on rough terrain, your winch is an insurance policy; and could be a life-saver in a true emergency. In short; when off-road, it’s better to have a Jeep winch and not need it, then need a Jeep Winch and not have one.
Therefore, I would say, regardless of your intentions (if you are going off-road), get the most powerful, durable and high-quality build Jeep Winch you can afford (within reason). There could come a time out on the lonely trail when you’ll be glad you did!
So, there you have it! If you are looking for the best jeep winches for the money, I hope these reviews have been helpful in guiding you through the many pitfalls and confusion, towards the most efficient, long lasting and cost-effective solution available, for your particular set of Jeep Winch-related problems!
I wanted to highlight some of what is available in terms of good value, features, safety, efficiency and build quality. With the number of Jeep Winches currently available, there has never been a better time than now to shop for a great Jeep Winch. On that note; happy shopping, then its off up the woodland trails!